Nepal secured an emphatic 79-run victory over Hong Kong, earning a well-deserved spot in the final of the T20 triangular series. This monumental achievement was primarily thanks to the record-breaking partnership between Kushal Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee, which sent waves of jubilation throughout the cricketing world.
With their third consecutive win in the series, Nepal has advanced to the finals, leaving just one match to go. The encounter took place at the Mulpani Cricket Ground in Kathmandu, and it will surely be remembered as one of Nepal’s most significant cricketing milestones.
When Nepal won the toss and elected to bat, the initial moments seemed less than ideal. Kushal Bhurtel was dismissed for just 2 runs after adding a mere 9 runs to the scoreboard. Shortly after, Sompal Kami, who batted at number three, was also sent back to the pavilion after scoring only 8 runs. The dismissals of Aasif Sheikh (20) and captain Rohit Paudel (11) further left Nepal at 55/4.
However, it was the electrifying partnership between Kushal Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee that stole the spotlight. These two cricketing talents joined forces to craft a record-breaking century partnership, amassing a remarkable 145 runs for the fifth wicket. Notably, this stands as the highest partnership for the fifth wicket in T20 internationals, surpassing the previous record set by New Zealand’s Mark Chapman and Jimmy Neesum.
While forming this historic partnership, Kushal Malla came tantalizingly close to achieving a century, finishing his innings just 8 runs short. With 2 balls remaining, he was dismissed while attempting to hit a boundary, ultimately scoring 92 runs off 41 balls. His performance was nothing short of spectacular, featuring 9 sixes and three fours.
Dipendra Singh Airee, on the other hand, reached a well-deserved half-century, notching up 57 runs from 34 balls. His impressive innings included two sixes and six fours. Their exceptional partnership helped Nepal post a formidable target of 214 runs.
In the chase, Hong Kong’s batsmen struggled to match the intensity displayed by the Nepalese side. They could only muster 134 runs after losing 8 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. This victory places Nepal firmly in the finals of the T20 triangular series, marking a significant moment in their cricketing journey.
Nepal’s performance is sure to be a source of immense pride for the nation, and cricket fans eagerly await the final match to see if this remarkable team can clinch the championship title.